Chromium Poisoning Claims
Chromium is a naturally occurring metal which has a number of commercial and industrial uses including:
- Metal coating
- Paint pigments
- Wood preservatives
- Production of stainless steel and other alloys
Being exposed to the metal can cause a range of illnesses and diseases. Depending on the type of exposure and its duration, illnesses and diseases can range from respiratory problems such as occupational asthma to skin conditions such as contact dermatitis.
In some cases, prolonged exposure to the metal can cause damage to the kidney or nasal septum as well as ulcers.
Exposure to chromium and its compounds can increase the risk of lung cancer in the most severe cases.
Since chromium is generally used in steel manufacturing, chrome plating and textile pigments, workers within these industries are at an increased risk of suffering as a result of chromium poisoning.
In the UK, there are a number of regulations in place with regards to chromium use. Under the COSHH Regulations, it is the duty of the employer to take measures to protect workers from being exposed to chromium. If your employer fails to take safety measures and if you suffer an injury or an illness due to being exposed to chromium, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
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